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Fakhar flays SA as Pakistan win T20 series 3-1

  • Published at 11:02 pm April 16th, 2021
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Pakistan players celebrate with the T20 series trophy after the fourth match against South Africa in Centurion Friday AFP

Pakistan also won the three-match ODI series 2-1

Pakistan's Fakhar Zaman struck a blazing half-century as they survived a scare to seal a three-wicket victory over depleted South Africa with a ball to spare and win the four-match Twenty20 series 3-1 Friday.

South Africa, missing most of their regular players either through injury or having been released to play in the Indian Premier League, were sent in to bat but could only muster 144 all out in 19.3 overs.

Fakhar then blasted 60 from 34 balls in Pakistan’s reply as he put on 91 for the second wicket with captain Babar Azam (24 from 23), and at that stage the tourists were cruising to victory needing 53 from 65 balls with nine wickets in hand.

But when both were out in one over from seamer Lizaad Williams (2/39), a flurry of wickets and some tight bowling brought South Africa back into the game.

Captain Babar Azam hit a record-breaking 122 to lead Pakistan to an impressive nine-wicket victory over hosts South Africa at Centurion on Wednesday and a 2-1 lead in the four-match Twenty20 series

Posted by Sports Tribune on Wednesday, 14 April 2021

The winning runs were eventually scored by Mohammad Nawaz (25 from 21) as he hooked Williams to the mid-wicket boundary for six off the penultimate ball of the match to complete a memorable series win.

Only three players reached double figures in South Africa’s innings, with Rassie van der Dussen (52 from 36) and Janneman Malan (33 from 28) the major contributors.

They were held in check by some excellent seam bowling from Faheem Ashraf (3/17 in four overs), Hasan Ali (3/40) and Haris Rauf (2/18) but, as has been the case throughout the series, there was also some poor shot selection.

Full-strength Pakistan also won the three-match ODI series 2-1.

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